POSTED: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 6:41pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 1:16pm
Smith County-- More than 1,700 signatures of people who want to vote for or against an alcohol option are turned in this week. The option is for off-premise alcohol, meaning residents can buy beer or wine from companies and take it home.
In a May 2009 election, this same option was given, but it did not pass. However, some voters think there is reason to believe the results may turn out differently this time. Resident Peyton Neill says, "I don't think it will pass, but if it does, I will not be surprised because of the amount of alcohol people want right now."
Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson says voter turnout may be higher this time because it is a governor's race, which may draw more attention from voters.
Justice of the Peace Precinct Four touches the north and east side of Loop 323. The amount of signatures needed was turned in yesterday, three weeks before the deadline. Officials are now verifying them to make sure there are enough valid signatures to hold the election.
Business owners I spoke with from stores that are already selling alcohol in Winona say they are worried. If the vote gets on the ballot and passes, it could hurt business.